Improving the Soybean, One Gene at a Time

Illinois is the United States’ top soybean-producing state. In 2014, Illinois farmers produced about 550,000 bushels of soybeans over almost 10 million acres – a swath of land almost the size of Switzerland!  But, with a global health crisis, a growing population, and a changing climate threatening our land, our state’s soybean crops are under threat.  Fortunately, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in partnership with several universities, is trying to find ways to increase the strength, nutritional value, and viability of our most valuable crops, including soybeans, so that they continue to prosper well into the future. Continue reading “Improving the Soybean, One Gene at a Time”

Brain Games at the 2015 Science Cocktail Party

Thank you to to everyone who came to the Illinois Science Council’s Science Cocktail party!

As you may have noticed, because we thought the food, drinks, music, raffle, and photo booth wouldn’t be enough, we provided you with a healthy dose of science as well, in the form of brain games.  What would a science cocktail party be without real, mind-blowing brain games ?  In case you missed some of the demos, or if you want to learn more about the science behind them, you can read about each one here: Continue reading “Brain Games at the 2015 Science Cocktail Party”